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Fighting the Red Beast: Counter-Revolutionary Violence in the Defeated States of Central Europe

Robert Gerwarth

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654918.003.0004

Series: The Greater War

Fighting the Red Beast: Counter-Revolutionary Violence in the Defeated States of Central Europe

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This chapter analyses the emergence of powerful counterrevolutionary movements in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. These movements were passionately devoted to defeating an often imagined Bolshevik enemy and used extreme violence to suppress all those held responsible for the defeat of the Central Powers in the Great War.

Keywords: freikorps; Bela Kun; Rosa Luxemburg; Karl Liebknecht; revolution; anti-Semitism

Chapter.  9880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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